The Martian is probably the best sci-fi novel I have every read.
Sure, it has its flaws – most books do.
But there wasn’t a second of this book I did not enjoy.
If you are unfamiliar with it, The Martian is basically a futuristic tale of survival.
Stranded on mars, astronaut Mark Watney must learn to survive in a place both barren and unfamiliar.
His tale is told through a series of logs (or, glorified diary entries) as well as snippets written in first person from NASA employees back on Earth.
I quite enjoyed this format. It was a shake-up from a lot of traditional novels and you didn’t really know what to expect as you turned each page which added to the suspense.
We’re with Watney for most of the book – but I didn’t mind at all. He is such a fantastic, funny character. I suspect if he was a real person, he’d be one of those guys that just got on well with everyone.
However, the book contained a lot of long, dense explanations based on science and physics which were hard to understand, even when Watney was breaking them down. It doesn’t detract too much from the overall story.
The Martian is a true page turner. It is the quintessential sci-fi survival tale for anyone and everyone.
I’m rating it 4.5/5 stars.